Think orchids are just for those with green thumbs and garden aprons filled with gadgets and secret instructions? Think again. Now there are no-fear orchids for everyone that will reward you with fabulous blooms for months on end.

Feeding wild birds is a popular interest of many Americans. In fact, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, around one third of Americans feed wild birds. Whether it's the enjoyment of viewing wildlife up close and personal or listening to the pleasant chirps and trills of the birds' songs, more and more Americans are being inspired to put up feeders, buy outdoor pet food and turn wild birds into lovable outdoor pets.

It’s that time of year again when, in many parts of the country, you can finally put away the snow shovel and bring out the one designed for digging. Before you begin digging, or allow the professionals to break ground in your yard, remember to call 811 to ensure digging doesn’t disrupt underground utility lines.

Foraging by deer, rabbits, voles and other garden pests damages plant shoots as they reach for the warmth of the sun. When they've found a food source, hungry herbivores will return to it, time and time again. Now is the time to take steps to prevent them.

With the current economic downturn affecting many families’ budgets and in light of produce scares in 2008, starting a backyard vegetable garden is a great way to help reduce grocery bills during the summer months while keeping your family supplied with healthy foods. Even if you don't have a lot of space -- maybe only a balcony -- you can still produce plump red tomatoes, fresh lettuce, spicy peppers and more before the end of summer.

To really impress your guests this summer, give your outdoor soirees a little extra elegance that goes beyond the usual grill-out. The good news is that it’s easier than you’d imagine to create an ambiance that is welcoming and sophisticated.

With the increasing popularity of outdoor living spaces, it’s no surprise that homeowners are putting more effort into choosing the best outside decor for relaxing and entertaining at home on their decks – and not just in the summer time.